Albania: Are We There Yet?

Even in all the excitement of finally beginning our journey to Albania, we still find ourselves asking: 

Are we there yet? 

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The team met at the church Thursday afternoon at 1:30 PM. We gathered together to make sure everyone had their passport, travel documents, and to ensure that everyone knew which bags were theirs (everyone was given at least one ministry bag to check). We also took some time for prayer and were blessed to have a member of the JFBC Global team there to send us off properly. 

The team (minus Jimmie and Zoya) gathered before traveling to the airport.  

The team (minus Jimmie and Zoya) gathered before traveling to the airport.  

When we say we are bringing a lot... 

We mean it!! 

21 checked bags, 12 personal carry-ons, and at least 5 regular carry-ons

21 checked bags, 12 personal carry-ons, and at least 5 regular carry-ons

It was really fun fitting everyone in the bus with our luggage.  

We made sure Jonathan sat next to the loose luggage. We figured he'd fare better if anything fell.  

We made sure Jonathan sat next to the loose luggage. We figured he'd fare better if anything fell.  

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After our glorious journey in the packed bus through Atlanta traffic, we finally made it to the Atlanta Airport.  

We were SO lucky to have a quick, easy, and painless check-in. All bags are confirmed to meet us in Tirana! (Yes, we checked...and double checked) 

We were SO lucky to have a quick, easy, and painless check-in. All bags are confirmed to meet us in Tirana! (Yes, we checked...and double checked) 

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Luckily Jonathan finally met up with us. He missed out on TSA pre-check.  

And then we waited..... 

 

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We had to keep Nellie from giving up her seat for the extra Delta Dollars the airline was offering since they were overbooked. Her kids were even egging her on. 

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And we're off!! 

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Goodbye Atlanta...Tirana here we come! (Hope you're ready)

Goodbye Atlanta...Tirana here we come! (Hope you're ready)

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We made it to Rome!! 

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One of the most gorgeous cities in Europe.  

One of the most gorgeous cities in Europe.  

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Sadly....this is all of Rome we get to see.... 

Certainly not as pretty.  

Certainly not as pretty.  

And now we wait some more... 

Are we there yet? 

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Off again...

Little less than two hours til we reach Albania! 

Little less than two hours til we reach Albania! 

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Hello Albania!! 

Making our decent into Tirana.  

Making our decent into Tirana.  

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We made it!!